As we move forward again in the countdown of the Top 60 players at the University of Miami, we take a look at No. 22 on our list: Defensive end Adewale Ojomo. The local product has made a few dumb mistakes off the field early in his career, but he's shown flashes of brilliance on the field, too.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day ‘07: Ojomo was the first player Randy Shannon received a commitment from when he took over for Larry Coker. He convinced the 6-4, 253-pound sophomore from Hialeah High to become UM’s fifth commitment of the 2007 class in January after a senior season in which he tallied 60 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles. The cousin of Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele, Ojomo wasn’t very highly regarded. He was ranked 28 nationally at his position by Rivals.com, 26th by Scout.com and 47th by SuperPrep. Ojomo picked UM over N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Georgia.
> What he's done as a Cane: After earning Defensive Scout Team MVP honors as he was redshirted his freshman season, Ojomo played in 11 games in 2008, starting in three games and tallying 30 tackles and three sacks. He had plenty of impressive spurts. He had six tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Wake Forest. He also had a few bonehead moments, getting suspended for violating team rules twice (the opener vs. Charleston Southern and UCF). He missed the spring game with a wrist injury.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: If he can stay out of trouble, Ojomo is arguably the best all around defensive end Miami has. He’s fast, athletic athletic and a natural playmaker. Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said Ojomo’s strength is his run defense and pursuit. If Hurtt and Randy Shannon can keep Ojomo’s head on straight, they’ll definitely have a contributor and starter. If he really takes it seriously, he can be an all-ACC performer. But if Ojomo resorts to being foolish again, he’ll have the same type of season he had last year – where you just see flashes of brilliance and not everything you hope he can be. "His youthfulness tends to show sometimes," Hurtt said back in October. 'But he's a good kid and works extremely hard. Last year, [offensive line] coach [Jeff] Stoutland and [offensive coordinator] Patrick Nix would come to me every day and say, 'Hey, that kid is going to be a stud.' We're starting to see it."